Guitarist for Hire

“Wonderful and inspiring program. Real musical talent that is such a delight to hear!” 
Marilyn, Activities Director, Cloisters of the Valley

“Thanks again for the great job you did at the memorial for my husband. Everyone commented own how nice the music was!” – Frances P.

“Wil Forbis did a fine job at two events for my Mom and I would be very happy to recommend him. He was very intuitive in putting together a music list that worked for the moment.” – Gordon T.

About Me
I am a San Diego guitarist available to provide background music for restaurants, conventions, weddings and similar engagements. I play American Songbook jazz (the kind of music performed by Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday and similar artists) as well as a few more modern tunes (The Eagles, The Beatles and the like.) Song samples are below. I can perform in the following formats:

  • Solo instrumental guitar, either electric or acoustic.
  • Solo guitar with vocals.
  • As part of the early jazz vocal duo Birdy and the Bowtie.
  • As part of an instrumental jazz trio of guitar, bass and drums.

Additional instrumentation combos are also possible. Just ask!

To talk to me about your music needs, email me at

I’ve been playing music for 25+ years and have opened for major national touring acts. I routinely play various local festivals such as Adams’ Ave Unplugged, The San Diego Ukulele Festival and SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival. I am entirely professional and dress according to request. (I look pretty good with a bowtie!)

Song Selection
Here’s a (small) sample of the songs I do:

How High the Moon
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
The Sunny Side of the Street
Them There Eyes
Blue Bossa
All of Me
Honeysuckle Rose
Let It Be
Hotel California
Autumn Leaves
April in Paris

Sample Music
Solo guitar (and ukulele) music

Jazz tunes with my vocals

Birdy and the Bowtie songs